Re: teleology and language

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    --- Wade Smith <> wrote:
    > >> Try using ancient Greek to tell someone how to build a 747 or
    > >> a computer.
    > It is pointless to try to take one language and use it in
    > another environment- language is a function of environment.
    > You can't use an octopus in a balloon, either.
    > - Wade

    If language is a function of environment, and environment changes over
    time, then it stands to reason that language changes over time, right?
    Isn't this an evolutionary process?

    (and to tell you the truth, there is *a number* of things you could do
    with an octopus in a balloon :)(whether they should be discussed on
    this list is another matter...:)

    There are very few men - and they are exceptions - who are able to think and feel beyond the present moment.

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